Today we wrap up the Hardcore Hockey History series! But first, the NHL has decided to not opt out of the current CBA. Will the NHLPA follow suit? And what exactly does this mean? And can the NHL escrow part of this show? Cam Ward retired this week and Justin Williams “retired”. Are the rest of the Carolina Hurricanes safe? With our summer series coming to an end, it is fitting to speak to author and hockey historian Mike Commito about what exactly it means to be a hockey historian and to share some fun stories along the way. This includes the tail of how thisRead More →

This week it’s a question and answer special! Starting with conspiracy theories. Did Connor McDavid land on the moon? We cover the news of Bill Guerin being named the general manager of the Minnesota Wild. What can we know about Guerin’s management history? Hardcore Hockey History takes us to the biggest mistakes in hockey history, including blunders, trades, draft picks and officiating featuring Patrik Stefan, Patrick Roy, Brett Hull, Kerry Fraser and more! It’s then time for an extended Q&A time. This includes topics such as best BBQ, Jesse Puljujarvi, cereal, chilling hockey moments, Trailer Park Boys and more! All this and more on episode 245Read More →

As the NHL nears the end of summer, we look back at what NHL.com, which includes making borderline arbitrary lists ranking players at certain positions. There are rumors that the NHL will be hosting a World Cup of Hockey again, this time in 2021. What does that mean for the future of NHL’ers in international hockey? Speaking of which, what does that the past have to say about international hockey? What are some of the key moments? How did we get where we are today? One of the biggest moments in international hockey was the 1972 Summit Series. We’re joined by Rhonda McClure from ThePinkPuck.com to discuss allRead More →

WARNING! Before throwing an octopus on the ice at the next Red Wings game, listen to this week’s episode. It may just save your life, as we learn from a lady who let an octopus attach itself to her face. Roberto Luongo‘s number has been retired by the Florida Panthers. Is his legacy enough to be deserving of the honor? There are a number of free agents left unsigned, including Jake Gardiner, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Girardi, Thomas Vanek and more! As for the restricted free agents, when will they sign? What is holding them up and who will be the first to cave?Read More →

After a long weekend, there is plenty of news for a week in the summer, so without further ado…. The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #242 – The Collector’s Edition Kevin Shattenkirk was bought out by the New York Rangers and then signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Is it possible that both teams made the right choice? The Colorado Avalanche extended young defenseman Samuel Girard. Will this contract set the benchmark for similar players? Ryan Callahan was dealt to the Ottawa Senators. Why would the Senators pick up Callahan? Paul Fenton was removed as the general manager of the Minnesota Wild. What went wrong inRead More →

This week is an all history episode! We sit down with Joshua Riehl, director of the documentary The Russian Five about the history of, you guessed it, the Russian Five. All things Russian Five are touched on, including: What it took for the Russian Five to come to the NHL How they adjusted to life in North America The impact that they had on the game of hockey then and now Make sure to watch The Russian Five on your favorite video watching platform! All this and more on episode 241 of the 4th Line Hockey Podcast! Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook: facebook.com/the4thlinepodcast Email: mail@the4thlinepodcast.com Intro music by Erik HallRead More →

It’s late July and there is a shockingly large amount of news. And here. We. GO! The Calgary Flames announced a proposed agreement on a new arena. And it has Carl predictably upset. But why? James Neal and Milan Lucic were swapped by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Which struggling forward will have the most success in the future? Ron Francis has been named the general manager of the Seattle TBD’s. Good choice? Jacob Trouba signed an extension with the New York Rangers, meaning that they need to make room for his new deal some how. But how? In today’s round of HHH, weRead More →

It might be summer, but there is still NHL news! Including: Fresh off a Stanley Cup, Jordan Binnington has a new contract with the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Dzingel moves to the Carolina Hurricanes and Micheal Ferland takes his talents to Vancouver. Are the deals good? Alexander Nylander was dealt from Buffalo to Chicago for Henri Jokiharju. Did either team win this deal? In our Triple H segment (Hockey’s Hardcore History) we look at how the NHL got from 6 teams to 31. Aside from the WHA merger, the NHL grew through expansion. What are the stories behind expansion? How did the teams get where theyRead More →

With a light news week, the news of the light is quickly covered, including: Alexander Kerfoot ruins Carl’s dream of a Colorado Avalanche offer sheet as he signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Speaking of offer sheets, Sebastian Aho officially is staying with the Carolina Hurricanes. Will bad blood remain? Don Cherry is not done with Hockey Night in Canada. But should he be? It’s time to kick off our summer series, “Hockey’s Hardcore History”, with a deep dive into the history of offer sheets. Who signed the first ever offer sheet? How did Scott Stevens end up where he did? How did Joe SakicRead More →

NHL Free agency opened on July the 1st and OH BOY was it a busy day! Carl is not okay with the Tyson Barrie trade to Toronto. Can Nick convince him that Nazem Kadri is a good enough return? More trades happened as Phil Kessel headed to Arizona and Ottawa did Toronto a favor and took Nikita Zaitsev off there hands. But why? And then….the offer sheet bomb was dropped! With Sebastian Aho signing the offer sheet with the Montreal Canadiens, why exactly did he do it? And why did they? And why wouldn’t Carolina match? It’s then time to dive into the rest ofRead More →